At McMahon and Williams Solicitors we have a wealth of experience and expertise in the area of personal injuries litigation.
Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB):
The Personal Injuries Assessment Board was introduced to allow for compensation without going to Court. Most applications for compensation begin with an application to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB). At McMahon & Williams Solicitors we advise our clients throughout the PIAB process. If you are not satisfied with an award made by PIAB, your case may proceed to court. A solicitor is instrumental in advising you through the process. We represent clients with personal injuries claims in the District Court, Circuit Court and High Court also.
Time limits are very important in personal injuries cases. If time limits are not complied with your claim will not succeed. In general, a claimant has two years from the date of the incident to make a claim. There are exceptions to this. It is therefore important that if you are unfortunate enough to have suffered an injury which is due to the fault or negligence of a third party, that you take proper legal advice at an early stage.
At McMahon & Williams Solicitors we deal with claims such as:
- Car accidents and motor accidents
- Accidents at Work
- Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents
- Medical Negligence & Malpractice
- Fatal accidents and inquests
- Work related stress
- Bullying and harassment
- Sexual harassment
- Farm accidents
- Product liability
- Health and safety litigation
The PIAB Procedure
The procedure in making a claim is as follows:
- A PIAB Form A is completed by the claimant and we assist and advise throughout this process.
- The claimant’s doctor completes a medical report (Form B).
- We lodge the claim with PIAB on behalf of the claimant.
- The Injuries Board contact the person against whom the claim is made (the respondent).
- That person has 90 days within which to consent to the Injuries Board assessing the claim. If the respondent does not consent then the Injuries Board issue an authorisation for the matter to proceed through the court system. If the respondent ignores the correspondence the Injuries Board will proceed as if a consent was granted.
- Assuming the Injuries board have the consent of the respondent they will assess the claim. Often they will refer the claimant to a medical practitioner for review. The Injuries Board value the case based on the “book of quantum“, and they issue the assessment to both parties.
- If both parties are satisfied with the assessment, the matter will end at this point. If one or both parties are not satisfied the matter will be referred to the court system.
Medical negligence cases do not proceed through PIAB. Therefore it is important to seek advice as soon as possible. Generally speaking, a claim must be made within two years from the date of an injury or the date that you become aware of an injury.
For advice or to book an appointment, please contact Aisling Glynn or Sinead Kenny. Alternatively, you can telephone us on 065 9051009 or send an email to email@example.com